Liebster Award

I’ve been MIA again and it’s probably going to keep on happening until this semester of Uni is over, because it has just been taking over my life.  I will however try to post whenever I get a chance.  I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by the gorgeous Fadwa from Helloworldbreakoutgirl, a beauty, fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger hailing from Cape Town, South Africa.  Do check out her blog, it’s pretty awesome!


Rules of the award:

  • The nominated blogger must acknowledge who has nominated them and also share their links.
  • Answer the 11 questions that they have been asked.
  • Nominate 11 more bloggers whose blog they recommend.
  • Ask 11 questions that they would like those bloggers to answer.
  • Let the bloggers they nominated know that they’ve been nominated.


The Questions:

What make-up hacks changed your life?

Highlighting the inner corners of my eyes has been a lifesaver for those days you feel and look like a zombie.  It helps to open up the eyes and makes the eyes pop.

What inspired you to start blogging?

As cliché as it might sound, I started my blog as a creative outlet, I love being creative and blogging allows me to do exactly that.  The whole process of coming up with new blog posts and being able to share it with others is pretty exciting.

What is your number one Holy Grail makeup item?

At the moment it is the Essence Eyelash Princess Mascara.

Who is your favorite beauty YouTuber?

I have more than one actually, at the moment my favorites include Tess Christine and Kalyn Nicholson.

Any tips on perfecting a cut crease?

I haven’t quite perfected the cut crease just yet, but as soon as I do, you will be the first to hear about it.

What do you feel is the number one mistake newbie bloggers make?

I’m still a newbie blogger myself, seeing that I only started my blog about 4 months ago, but I do feel that when starting out one always tends to compare oneself with other more established bloggers, which I feel is the most common mistake not only newbie bloggers make, but bloggers who have been in the game a while as well.  My advice would be to concentrate on your own blogging journey and remember why you started blogging in the first place, even though it may be hard sometimes to avoid.

Any tips for taking the perfect flat lay picture for beauty reviews?

Pinterest is definitely your friend when trying to get inspiration for flat lay pictures; I also find that adding flowers to flat lay pictures instantly makes it look so much better and prettier.

How long does your daily make-up routine take?

I’d say about 30 minutes, but it also depends on the look I’m going for.  I usually also do it in less time if I’m in a rush.

Unicorn or Mermaid?


What is the number one lesson blogging has taught you?

I’m still in the beginning stages of my blogging journey, but will definitely share during the later stage.

What would you choose in a five product only make up look?

Foundation, lipstick/lip gloss, mascara, eyebrow pencil and a translucent powder


I know that this bends the rules a little bit, but I nominate every one that has not yet been nominated to do the Liebster Award.


My questions are:

  1. What are three words that best describe you?
  2. What is your favorite fashion item at the moment?
  3. What TV series are you currently obsessed with?
  4. Who is your favorite Instagrammer?
  5. Any mantras you live by?
  6. What is your biggest fear?
  7. What are 5 items you simply cannot live without?
  8. Where is the one place you really want to travel to?
  9. How would you describe your fashion style?
  10. What is your favorite spring / summer perfume?
  11. What are your favorite beauty items at the moment?


I really hope you got to know me a little better through the questions answered and that you enjoyed this post.

Thank you for stopping by…until next time!

xoxo Lilanie


Old School Glam Prom Makeup Look

This is my third and final prom inspired look and this is definitely my favorite out of the three looks that I created.  I like to call this the old school glam look, mostly because of the red lips.  This makeup look is therefore for my girls that likes a bold lip.   I really hope this little prom series on my blog has been useful in helping you make your day extra special.  I do have a prom tips and tricks post, as well as two other prom inspired makeup looks on the blog, so be sure to check those out as well.  I kept my face makeup the same, so I did not include it in this post, but you can check it out here.



The eye makeup

For this look I used the ELF Little Black Book (Warm Edition) Palette.

  • I started off by applying my concealer all over my eyelid, just to give it an even color.
  •  I then applied a beige color all over my eyelid, just to set the concealer.
  • I then went in with this light brown shade and applied it in the crease and worked it towards the inner corner, as well as the outer corner of my eyelid.
  • Next I applied a darker brown color and again applied it in the crease as well as the inner and outer corners of my eyelid.
  • I then took this plum color and applied it to the same areas.  You also just want to make sure to blend everything out as you apply it.
  • I then went in with this copper color and also applied it to the same areas.  This time I focused more towards the center of the eyelid.
  • To finish the look I applied a little bit of this shimmery color on the center of my eyelid and simply used my finger to dab it on the eyelid.
  • I then applied the Essence Lash Princess Mascara to my top and bottom lashes and took the darker brown shade and placed that under my lash line.


The gorgeous red color on my lips is the Wet n Wild lipstick Cherry Frost Silk Finish Lipstick.

This is the finished makeup look:



And that concludes this makeup look, as well as the little prom series I have been going on, on my blog.  I might do it again next year and include some hairstyles as well. Do let me know if that is something you would be interested in seeing.

Thank you so much for stopping by…until next time!

xoxo Lilanie



Soft and Elegant Prom Makeup Look

I am back with another prom makeup look and this time around I went for a softer look.  This is for my girls that don’t want too much going on, on the eyes, but still want a bit of glitter, because it is after all prom – the time to get all glitzy and glamour (even if it is just a little bit).  I did a previous post on tips and tricks for prom, so if you haven’t already, be sure to go check it out here.  I did not include the face makeup this time around, because it is the same routine as in my previous prom makeup post which you can find here.



The eye makeup

For this look I used the ELF Little Black Book (Warm Edition) Palette.

  • I started off by applying some of the Essence Stay Natural Concealer as a base to ensure the makeup stays and to have an even tone over the eyelid.
  • I then applied a beige color all over my lid just to set the concealer.
  • Next I applied this light brown shade all over my lid and focused it on the outer corner of my eye and took it up to my crease, as well as the inner corners of my eyes. Be sure to blend this in to make sure the color is diffused.
  • I then went in with a darker brown color and this I applied on the same areas as the light brown shade.
  • To add more definition I added this black color also on the same areas and blended everything together.
  • I finished off the look by applying this shimmery color on the eyelid.
  • I then applied the Essence Lash Princess Mascara (I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I am going to say it again, I LOVE this mascara.) You can absolutely add some false eyelashes; I decided to just add the mascara.


For my lips I used the Essence Long lasting Lipstick in the shade Barely There.

And this is the finished makeup look:





I really hope you have enjoyed this post; I had fun creating this makeup look.

But that is it for this post…until next time!

xoxo Lilanie



Purple Smokey Eye Prom Makeup Look

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted something and I apologize! I have been super busy with assignments. You might have also noticed that I did not put up a July Favorites post and that is because I will be combining my July and August favorites in one post. Today’s post will be a prom inspired makeup look, which for those of you who are past the prom stage can use it for a fancy outing or special event.  I love this look, because it is simple to do and it works very well with brown eyes.  Be sure to check out my previous post as well on my tips for Prom here  As always the first part will consist of the face makeup and the second part will cover the eye makeup.


  1. So I started off by priming my face with the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser.
  2. I then applied my concealer, I find that applying it before the foundation works better to cover up my blemishes and I used the Essence Stay Natural Concealer in the shade Soft Beige. I just apply this under my eyes, on the bridge of my nose, on my forehead and on any blemishes I have.
  3. I then applied my foundation and used the L’Oréal True Match Foundation in the shade Sand. I love this foundation, because it is very lightweight.  You also want to make sure not to use a foundation that has a SPF in it, because it usually creates flashback in photos.
  4. To set my foundation I used the Yardley Absolute Translucent Loose Powder.
  5. I then did my contour with the Absolute New York Pro Contour Palette and used the same palette to highlight my face.
  6. To finish off the look, I went in with the Jordana Blush Powder in the shade Rose Silk.


The Eye Makeup

To create this look, I used the SMOKY Palette, the ELF Little Black Book (Warm Edition) Palette and the Essence Quattro (Denim 4.0) Eye shadow Palette.

  • I started off by filling in my eyebrows with the Smudge Brow Pencil in the shade Light Brown.
  • I used this brown color from the ELF Palette as a base color and placed it all over my eyelid.
  • I then used this purple shade from the Essence Palette and placed this on the outer corner of my eyelids.

In the inner corner of my eyelid I used this shimmery silver color from the SMOKY Palette and focused it towards the center of my eyelid.

I then used the purple color from the Essence Palette and placed it under my lower lash line and the silver color from the SMOKY Palette towards the inner corner of my eye.

For mascara I used the Essence Lash Princess Mascara. I did not apply any false lashes, but that is totally optional, I think it would look great with this look as well.


For lips I used NYC Lipstick in the shade Petal and topped it off with the Essence XXXL Lip Gloss in the shade True Love and I  did not want to go too dark with the lips, since the eyes are already dramatic, but this is totally optional as well.


And this is the finished look:



But that is it for this post, if you do decide to try out this look feel free to tag me in your pictures on Instagram here

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

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Prom Tips and Tricks

So it is almost that exciting time of the year again (Well in Namibia at least) – PROM!! Which is why I decided to do a prom post…I know it’s a bit late, but you can still use some of these to make your day extra special.  For those of us living in Namibia, we only get one prom (or as we call it: Matric Farewell) so you need to make sure you SLAY and these tips will definitely help you do that.  For those like myself whose prom days are long gone (Gosh do I feel old!), you can still use some of these tips and tricks for everyday use or whenever a special occasion comes up.  So without further ado, here are some of the tips and tricks that I wish I had known about when I went to prom, I hope you find them useful.

  1. Stash a few bobby pins at the bottom of your purse

Trust me you’ll thank me later.   You can never have too many bobby pins and just in case your hair comes loose, you’ll have extra bobby pins to put it in place.

2. Spritz your bobby pins with hairspray

Make sure to spritz your bobby pins with hairspray and tuck it into your updo. The hairspray makes the pin hold to your hair for extra reinforcement ensuring your hair stays in place.

3. Double up on hairspray

Make sure to double up on hairspray.  The secret to getting an updo to last all night is to apply hairspray before and after styling.  This is probably one of the few things I got right on my prom night and definitely works!

4. Pat on Vaseline for long – lasting scents

To smell irresistible all night long pat on a tiny amount of Vaseline to areas you would normally spritz, such as your neck and the back of your wrists. The Vaseline gives the perfume something to hold on to, so it will linger all night long.  I only recently heard about this hack and decided to give it a go, even though it does sound weird, it does work.

5. Put that toothbrush to work

Remove any dry flakes on your lips by brushing them with a toothbrush. I find that in doing this, it also makes your lips look a bit plumper.

6. Help your mani dry fast with cold air

Blast your mani with a shot of cold air to help it dry faster. You do not have time to spare when you’re getting ready, so get in front of your AC or use the cool button on your blow-dryer. I literally do this all the time, mostly because I’m just impatient, but it absolutely works!

7. Break in your shoes

Definitely break in your shoes before the time. You do not want to be uncomfortable the whole night. Also learn to walk in your shoes before the time; you do not want to fall flat on your face on your prom day.

8. Avoid uncomfortable shoes

DO NOT wear uncomfortable shoes. Those 7 inch heels might look hot right now, but you’re definitely going to regret it when you’re trying to keep one foot in front of the other.

9. Get your pose on

If you’re awkward in front of the camera, definitely try out some poses and angles before the time, because it’s your special day, which for some only happens once and you definitely want to take as many pictures as possible.

10. Trial run your makeup and hair

Definitely do a trial run of your makeup and hair when you’re doing it yourself to avoid any stressful situations and to make sure you look flawless on your special day.

11. Have FUN!!

The most important tip I have for you though is to have fun! Prom is meant to be a fun event, so try not to stress too much and enjoy every part of it.

A little throwback of my Prom (Matric Farewell) Day, which was in 2011.




But that is it for this post…I really hope you find these tips helpful.

Until next time…

xoxo Lilanie